By Carla Branch
Morgan Buck is a wellness coach at the Alexandria YMCA. Each day he assists members who need an orientation to FitLinxx or with some aspect of their work-out program.
“The first thing I do is to ask the member certain questions about their health and fitness and then get them started on FitLinxx,” Buck said.
FitLinxx is the Y’s computerized work-out system that connects 13 pieces of equipment to a central computer. “We set the individual’s range of motion, amount of weight to be lifted and their seat, back and feet positions. Each machine is different and each member has different needs,” Buck said.
The machines include: the leg press; leg extension; leg curl; hip abductor and adductor; arm press; lap pull-down; arm curl; abdominal and back machines. Once a wellness coach sets an individual’s parameters on each machine, the computer saves them for future use. When a member comes to the Y to work out, all that member needs to do is enter an ID number into FitLinxx, start his routine and enter the same ID number into each machine on the weight circuit.
“We recommend that individuals work out on the FitLinxx machines every other day,” Buck said. “This allows muscles to rest between sessions.”
There are cardio machines on the fitness floor as well. Buck can recommend appropriate fitness programs on each of those.
“While all of the machines provide an excellent work out, the Stairmaster, if used correctly, probably burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time,” Buck said.